Andrew Lloyd Webber Scholarship
Mountview is pleased to announce that we have been awarded a scholarship from the Andrew Lloyd Webber Foundation for a musical theatre student.
The scholarship will be awarded to one musical theatre candidate selected on the combined basis of merit and financial need. Read more.
New Mountview Principal Announced
Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts has today announced the appointment of Stephen Jameson as its new Artistic Director and Principal.
Stephen has 30 years’ experience working in both drama training and as a professional actor and director. He joined Mountview in 2012 as Director of Performance from LAMDA where he was an Associate Director.
Stephen trained as an actor and has worked at the Old Vic, Almeida Theatre, Theatre Royal Stratford East and with the English Shakespeare Company. As a director Stephen has created work for the Young Vic, Globe International Shakespeare Festival in Neuss, Queille Festival in Toulouse, National Theatre in Seoul and Acteerstudio, Den Haag. He has taught and directed at Guildhall School of Music and Drama and Royal Central School of Speech and Drama and written and adapted work for radio and theatre.
Stephen’s appointment, which encompasses both artistic and academic roles, comes at a time of significance for Mountview as its visionary plans for Hornsey Town Hall develop to provide a new opportunity for students, the theatre industry and the Haringey local community. During his short time at Mountview he has already made significant changes to the quality of teaching and student experience and overseen a radical change in approach with artists such as Roy Williams, Kit Hesketh-Harvey, James Bourne and Rachel Wagstaff working directly with students to develop new work.
Mountview’s Chairman Vikki Heywood CBE commented “the Board was unanimous in its appointment of Stephen who brings creative vision, true talent as a teacher and a deep understanding of what students need as they enter an exciting but changing industry. I would like to pay a huge debt of thanks to outgoing Principal Sue Robertson who has reshaped Mountview over the past six years, ensuring the highest level of teaching, student satisfaction and launching the ambition for Hornsey Town Hall.”
Stephen said: “I am delighted to be taking up this important role. I am looking forward to continuing the great work that has been achieved in recent years and working with Vikki and the Board and staff to build a contemporary European academy in fit for purpose facilities at Hornsey Town Hall. It will be a privilege and a pleasure to be involved in taking Mountview forward to the next exciting phase.”
Stephen will formally take up the post in January 2014.
Muse of Fire Premieres on BBC4
Muse of Fire by Mountview alumni Dan Poole and Giles Terera airs on BBC4 this week.
Muse of Fire focuses on Dan and Giles’ attempt to understand how to act and understand Shakespeare and features the greatest Shakespearean actors alive, including Judi Dench, Michael Gambon, John Hurt, Fiona Shaw, James Earl Jones, Alan Rickman, Jeremy Irons, Tom Hiddleston, Derek Jacobi, Jude Law, Zoe Wanamaker, Ewan McGregor and Ian McKellen. Self-financed and filmed on a budget of less than £100,000 Giles and Dan spent four years and travelled 25,000 miles to interview the cast.
The documentary was made with the support of the National Theatre and premiered at Raindance International Film Festival earlier this year. You can catch it at 10pm on BBC4 on Thursday 23 October.
Giles and Dan graduated from Mountview in 1998. Dan’s theatre credits include Jerusalem (Royal Court), and King Lear, Henry V and Othello (Shakespeare’s Globe). Giles was in the original West End casts of Avenue Q and The Book of Mormon.
Acting Through Song Workshop
On Tuesday 22 October we are partnering with the fantastic IdeasTap to run an Acting Through Song workshop. If you have had some musical theatre experience and are looking to focus your skills, or are interesting in dipping your toe into a musical theatre course, book now! Head of Music and Singing Chris Nolan and Head of Dance Lainie Baird will be sharing their expertise and tips. Participants should bring taped sheet music and be prepared to perform their song from memory in front of a group. This will be part workshop, part masterclass and part Q&A.
Keith Ramsay on New Tricks
Mountview alumni Keith Ramsay appeared in New Tricks on BBC1 on 1 October as Stewie, the son of Steve McAndrew, played by Denis Lawson.
You can watch the episode via iPlayer.
Keith graduated from Mountview in 2012 with a BA in Performance - Musical Theatre.
Howard Goodall Receives Honorary Degree
Leading British composer Howard Goodall CBE has received an honorary degree from the University of East Anglia at Mountview’s graduation ceremony held at St Paul’s Church, Covent Garden. The award is made in recognition of his outstanding contribution to musical theatre and the music industry. He receives an Honorary Doctorate of Music.
Photo by Robin Savage. From left Lois Chimimba, James Hartnell, Mountview Principal Sue Robertson, Howard Goodall CBE, Mountview Chairman Vikki Heywood CBE, Paul Treacy, Annie Kirkman, Prince Plockey.
Howard is an EMMY, BRIT and BAFTA award-winning composer of choral music, stage musicals, film and TV scores and a distinguished broadcaster. Mountview’s graduating musical theatre students performed two of his musicals, The Hired Man and Girlfriends earlier in the year.
In his address, Howard spoke amusingly about his career in theatre, TV and film and pressed the importance to never stop learning or trying new things, even if they are outside one's comfort zone. He also emphasised the importance of collaboration in his industry.
On receiving his Honorary Degree Howard said “I have been hugely impressed by the quality of Mountview’s students and wish them all luck as they begin their careers in what can be a hugely rewarding career. I am deeply honoured to be awarded this Honorary Degree today.”
Previous recipients of Honorary Degrees include Elaine Paige OBE, John Caird, Thelma Holt and Dame Judi Dench.
Graduate News - September
The new autumn season in theatreland sees Mountview graduates achieving great success. Matthew Warhurst and Toni Peach opened in Victoria Wood's Housewife 49 at the Old Laundry Theatre directed by Peter James, Mountview's Head of Theatre Directing. Cameron Sharp has joined the London cast of Rock of Ages while Aaron Hayes Rogers, Alan McHale and Kaisa Hammarlund can be seen in The Boys from Syracuse at the Union Theatre from 2 - 26 October. Linford Johnson, Richard Vorster and Suzanne Nixon are puppeteers in the War Horse UK tour. Alexa Hartley is in The Taming of the Shrew at the Rose Theatre.
Mountview Students at MonologueSlam
On the evening of Monday 9th September, Mountview postgraduate actors Esmé Patey-Ford and Chris Woodley will be competing in the graduate edition of MonologueSlam UK at the Lyric, Hammersmith.
The event, organised by Triforce in association with Spotlight and hosted by Jimmy Akingbola, star of the BBC’s Holby City and Rev, will see Esmé and Chris among 20 actors graduating from UK drama schools, selected from a long-list of 100, performing for a public audience and a panel of industry professionals, including a casting director and actors' agent, looking to find and champion new talent.
Graduate News - August
It’s been fantastic year at Mountview, with our third year students graduating this week. Many of them are already working on professional jobs. Here’s a selection:
Laura Pick is appearing in The Sound of Music at Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre alongside Mountview graduates Stuart Matthew Price, Helen Colby, Helen Hobson, Christopher D Hunt and Anna Simmons. Kane Oliver Parry has been cast in National Theatre’s The Light Princess with alumni Phoebe Street, Richard Lowe and Nicola Hart. Nikkola Burnhope is in the UK tour of Seven Brides for Seven Brothers and Richard Carson can be seen in the first UK tour of Wicked alongside Emily Tierney and George Ure.
Giles Terera, Daniel Buckley and Tyrone Huntley are in the cast of sell-out The Book of Mormon. Lydia Marcazzo has been in Rent at Tabard Theatre. Jack North is playing Tom Thumb in Barnum at Chichester Festival. 2012 Production Arts graduate Derek Anderson is Assistant Lighting Designer for Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, directed by Sam Mendes. Lyndsay Holmes and Shaun Corcoran are working on the critically-acclaimed musical Once along with musical theatre graduate Phoebe Fildes.
Overseas Bronté Barbé will be appearing in Hairspray in Kuala Lumpur and Singapore and Ellena Vincent will be in Avenue Q in South Korea. And on Broadway, Joanna Christie is the female lead in Once.
Architects Purcell to lead Hornsey Town Hall Restoration
Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts has announced today the appointment of RIBA award-winning architects Purcell to lead the design team for the redevelopment of the iconic Hornsey Town Hall in Crouch End. This news follows on from successfully securing initial support, including a development grant of £482,000, from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) last year.
Purcell has over six decades of experience, with an excellent record working on comparable heritage and arts projects, notably St Paul’s Cathedral, the National Maritime Museum and Theatre Royal Haymarket. Their work on the Florence Institute in Liverpool was awarded the RIBA North West Conservation Award and the Construction Heritage Award this year. This appointment comes as the result of a Europe-wide tender process (OJEU) ensuring best practice in the recruitment of design teams for major projects. The selection panel included representatives of Mountview’s Board and Haringey Council.
Mountview’s Chairman, Vikki Heywood CBE, commented “we are absolutely delighted to be working with Purcell whose experience of the restoration and redevelopment of heritage buildings is first class. They bring with them a talented and experienced design team including Theatreplan who will work closely with us to design bespoke theatre spaces for student and other performance work. This appointment marks a huge step forward for our planned move to Hornsey Town Hall.”
The design team will be led by Mark Hammond, a Partner at Purcell, and includes Associate Architect Liz Smith who is a Crouch End resident. Also part of the team are structural engineers Ramboll, The Landscape Partnership and access consultant Access=Design.
Mark Hammond said “this landmark building demands a use that reconnects it with the life of Crouch End and Mountview will provide this. We are thrilled to be selected to deliver this project.” Liz Smith added “as a local resident of Crouch End I’ve admired this wonderful building for years and so am delighted to now be able to play my part in this exciting project to breathe new life into it.”
The appointment of Purcell is a key moment in this transformational project to refurbish a distinguished Grade II* listed building as a new home for Mountview and bring it back to life for arts, cultural and educational use.
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